Modeling and Measurement Applications for Young Learners in Grades K-1
Splash! is a mathematics unit for high-ability learners in kindergarten and first grade focusing on concepts related to linear measurement, the creativity elements of fluency and flexibility, and the overarching, interdisciplinary concept of models. The unit consists of 13 lessons centered on the idea of designing a community pool. Students examine the question of why we measure, the importance of accuracy in measurement, and the various units and tools of measurement. The unit presents a hands-on, constructivist approach, allowing children to build their knowledge base and their skills as they explore mathematical ideas through play and planned investigations. Students are involved in creative and critical thinking, problem solving, process skill development, and communication.
Table of Contents
Part One: Introduction Introduction to the Unit Unit Materials Assessment Unit Glossary Part Two: Lesson Plans Lesson 1: Preassessment Lesson 2: Models Lesson 3: Dimensions Lesson 4: Comparing and Ordering Objects Lesson 5: Partitioning Lesson 6: Comparing Length by Rearranging Parts (Decomposing and Recomposing) Lesson 7: Linear Measurement: Measuring Length Using Nonstandard Units Lesson 8: Linear Measurement: Measuring Distance Using Nonstandard Units Lesson 9: Linear Measurement: Measuring Height Using Nonstandard Units Lesson 10: Linear Measurement: Measuring Length Using Standard Units Lesson 11: Linear Measurement: Appropriate Units and Tools Lesson 12: Measuring Perimeter Lesson 13: Postassessment Part Three: Unit Extension and References Unit Extension: Building a Pool References Common Core State Standards Alignment
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